Microfoundations of companies' dynamic capabilities for environmentally sustainable innovation: Case study insights from high-tech innovation in science-based companies
Journal article, 2019

To achieve sustainable development, companies are increasingly putting an emphasis on the creation and the promotion of environmentally sustainable innovations. Environmentally sustainable innovation often involves a significant shift in a new strategic direction. This paper studies this shift from a dynamic capabilities perspective and aims to identify the microfoundations of science-based companies' dynamic capabilities for high-tech environmentally sustainable innovations. It investigates the development of high-tech environmentally sustainable innovations in two distinctive science-based companies. To scholars, this study provides an in-depth process analysis, over time, of how and why microfoundations of dynamic capabilities influence the development of a science-based company's high-tech environmentally sustainable innovations. To practitioners in science-based firms, this process study can function as a frame of reference, enabling the tailoring of a strategy for high-tech environmentally sustainable innovation.



science-based firms

dynamic capabilities

sustainable development

environmentally sustainable innovation

corporate sustainability


Seyedesmaeil Mousavi

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Bart Bossink

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Mario van Vliet

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Business Strategy and the Environment

0964-4733 (ISSN) 1099-0836 (eISSN)

Vol. 28 2 366-387

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Environmental Management

Business Administration



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